For the first time in the history of the WWE, WrestleMania will be held over two days as WM 36 airs on April 4th and April 5th via the WWE Network from the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida.
This year’s “Super Bowl of Pro Wrestling” has undergone so many changes that it’s hard to keep up with the full card. Additionally, there are still more changes to come on the April 3rd edition of Friday Night SmackDown as some of the matches will be modified.
As of now, there are 16 matches scheduled for the two day event. And, the entire show has already been taped.
Online sportsbooks have released odds on most of these matches including a few prop bets for this year’s host Rob Gronkowski. Let’s walk that aisle, climb through the ropes, and strut our way to victory with some winning predictions.
With #WrestleMania being TOO BIG FOR JUST ONE NIGHT, we needed a BIG host.
— WWE WrestleMania (@WrestleMania) March 24, 2020
Rob Gronkowski Prop Bets
The biggest mainstream news heading into WrestleMania 36 was the announcement that Rob Gronkowski would be the host of the “Showcase of the Immortals.” With WM 36 becoming a two-day event, we now get twice the Gronk action and some prop bets to go with it:
Will Gronk Become IC or U.S. Champ?
- Yes (+250)
- No (-400)
It’s entertaining seeing Rob Gronkowski on WWE programming, but I wouldn’t get carried away with thoughts of the future HOF football player walking away with WWE gold on WrestleMania weekend.
For starters, U.S. Champ Andrade is out injured, which means that he won’t even be at WM 36. Second, Daniel Bryan is wrestling Sami Zayn for the IC belt and I doubt the WWE will use one of their most popular stars in Daniel Bryan as a stepping stone for Gronk.
This prop bet is clearly a no.
Will Gronk Become WWE or Universal Champ?
- Yes (+600)
- No (-1750)
If Gronk isn’t going to win a secondary title then there’s no way he will win one of the top two belts in the company. This prop bet is also a “No.”
WrestleMania Singles Match
- Aleister Black (-700)
- Bobby Lashley (+400)
This match is all about the continued elevation of Aleister Black who is being pushed up the ladder to become a top star on RAW.
Lashley has been rumored at times to be getting a push, but it’s never come to fruition. His failed storyline with Lana and Rusev further set him back and the fans don’t even really care about him anymore. Additionally, the WWE creative team just seems to have no clue with what they should do with him.
Bottom line, there’s no reason to think Lashley is going to win. His stock is trending down, while Black’s is trending up. This will be a solid win for Black and further continue his ascension to becoming a main event player on RAW.
WrestleMania Singles Match
- Elias (-120)
- King Corbin (-120)
Out of all the matches listed for WrestleMania 36, this has to be the worst one. Yes, Gronkowski “threw this match together” during his WWE debut on SmackDown a few weeks ago, but it’s the least cared about storyline on the blue show.
Elias has become a glorified jobber like the good ole’ days of Jim Powers and Barry Horowitz. His gimmick might get a reaction from fans, but the WWE has done absolutely nothing with him.
King Corbin had been one of the top wrestlers on SmackDown with his lengthy feud against Roman Reigns. Unfortunately, after this feud ended, Corbin has become irrelevant again. Putting him in a storyline with Elias has only dropped his stock even more.
It makes no sense to have Elias win this match. He’s not going anywhere in regards to storylines and should really be repackaged or sent back to NXT. With that said, there’s good value with King Corbin as he’s seen too big of a push over the last 6 months to end up losing to Elias this weekend.
WrestleMania Singles Match
- Otis (-170)
- Dolph Ziggler (+130)
The Otis vs Ziggler feud has become one of the best in all of WWE programming. It’s a rivalry over something just about all men can relate to – a woman.
These two wrestlers were engaged in a tag-team feud before it spilled over into singles action. The intensity has grown because of their mutual affection over the same woman Mandy Rose.
However, Ziggler has done some dastardly deeds to ramp up this rivalry, which turned the feud into compelling television.
Ziggler has antagonized Otis ever since he destroyed the Valentine’s Day plans between Otis and Mandy Rose. Dolph also got Heavy Machinery disqualified from a tag team match that prevented them from another title shot.
Ultimately, this feud has set up Otis as becoming the breakout star of 2020 if the WWE decides to push him as a singles star. He’s popular with the fans, has a unique character, and is impressive in the ring for a man his size.
Ziggler is a bump machine and will make Otis look like a superstar in this match. Of all the WrestleMania moments we see this weekend, a victorious Otis could be one of the most memorable.
However, if I were booking this, I would rather see Mandy Rose help Ziggler win and make this feud even more sinister and dramatic. It could carry out for a while. I would prefer to see Otis win with a full crowd because it would make that moment even more significant.
The smart money is on Otis, but I do think Ziggler could be a worth a small flier for the top rope risk takers out there.
SmackDown Tag Team Championship Triple Threat Ladder Match
- (c)The Miz and John Morrison (+100)
- The Usos (+125)
- The New Day (+300)
Be careful if you decide to wager on this ladder match. We don’t know what it will look like once aired at WrestleMania because The Miz did not participate in this match when it was taped. He was out due to being sick.
So, it’s not clear if they will turn it into one member of each team participating or if Morrison is just going to be outnumbered. In fact, they could even make it a #1 contender’s ladder match between The Usos and The New Day.
I would prefer one member from each team in a triple threat ladder match. Kofi vs Morrison vs one of the Uso brothers would still make for a great match. In fact, it could be a show stealer considering their level of talent.
With that said, the odds favor the champs to retain their titles and I just don’t see the WWE taking the belts off of them right now. The Miz and Morrison are one of the only storylines that fans care about every week. A long title reign should be in store as they keep SmackDown’s tag division thriving.
With the uncertainties of what will happen in this match, I would say avoid wagering on it. If you are determined to wager on it then take Miz and Morrison to somehow retain the gold.
Raw Tag Team Championship Match
- (c)The Street Profits (-450)
- Austin Theory and Angel Garza (+280)
With U.S. Champ Andrade out due to an injury, Austin Theory filled in admirably as Garza’s tag partner. He also got to participate in a six-man tag match with Seth Rollins as a partner. Theory has to be the luckiest guy on the show. He went from NXT to a match at WM 36.
Unfortunately, this match has very little build up due to the absence of Andrade. Theory has talent between the ropes, but there’s no real interest for the match. Nobody believes that RAW’s most popular tag team will lose to a duo that has been thrown together at the last minute.
The talent level with all four men could result in a fun, action packed match. However, for betting purposes, this is almost a foregone conclusion. Take the champs to retain their titles and move on to a more meaningful feud following WM 36.
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship Match
- (c)The Kabuki Warriors (-135)
- Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross (-105)
I like both tag teams involved in this match. However, the women’s tag division has become stale as of late. I believe that could result in the crowning of new champs just to create new storylines and feuds.
The Kabuki Warriors are very talented, but the WWE hasn’t done much with them to make fans really want to see a lengthy title reign. Additionally, Asuka and Kairi Sane should be put back into the singles division. Sane would be better suited for NXT and Asuka needs a singles feud to put her over again.
Bliss and Cross are entertaining on the mic and in the ring. They should elevate the belts for a while as they feud against other tag teams.
Both betting options offer value, but I’m going with the slight upset here and taking Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross to win the tag titles.
WrestleMania Singles Match
- Kevin Owens (-230)
- Seth Rollins (+160)
This match could go in any number of directions. One thing is for sure, it pits two of RAW’s top stars and could become a launching pad for both men heading into the summer.
The odds favor Kevin Owens and rightfully so. He’s due for a big win and a continued push up the ladder. Owens has come up short many times in this feud, which has spanned the last few months. So, it would make sense to have him win this weekend.
However, there’s also a case to be made for Rollins winning as well. Other than Brock Lesnar, Rollins is the top heel on RAW and one of the main stars of the red show. He has a faction behind him and is truly making this “Monday Night Messiah” gimmick work.
I would like to see Owens get the win here and send Rollins down a darker “messiah” path as I believe it would make for better storylines on RAW. I can also see Samoa Joe returning and participating in this match as well whether it’s to help Owens or cost him the match.
Owens is the safe pick for this bout, but Rollins is certainly worthy of a flier at these odds.
SmackDown Women’s Championship Fatal Five-Way Match
- (c)Bayley (+125)
- Sasha Banks (+100)
- Lacey Evans (+400)
- Naomi (+600)
- Tamina (+3300)
I used to pick against Bayley because I just didn’t think she had what it took to be a compelling champion. Needless to say, I was glad to be proven wrong. Bayley has done a fantastic job at being one of the top heels on SmackDown.
With that said, the buzz coming into this match is whether or not Bayley’s BFF Sasha Banks will turn on her and cost her the title. The inevitable feud between the besties will take place sooner than later. It’s just a matter of “when” and not “if.”
The WWE can either have Bayley retain the title and lay down the foundation of a Sasha Banks split or they can actually do the split at WM 36 and have Bayley lose the belt.
I would prefer that the WWE sow the seeds of dissension between the two than actually do it at WM 36 in an empty arena.
This match is tough to choose a winner between Banks and Bayley, but at least the both of them offer good value. For me, I’m taking Bayley to keep the belt.
Intercontinental Championship Match
- (c)Sami Zayn (-200)
- Daniel Bryan (+150)
I’m surprised at how favored Sami Zayn is in this match. We’re talking about Daniel Bryan here. One of the company’s most popular wrestlers. With that said, there’s a growing sentiment that Zayn will steal this match due to the numbers game and continue the feud with Bryan and Gulak.
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I can see Bryan winning the title down the road and then feuding with Gulak over it, which would bring some prestige back to this belt. However, for WM 36, it appears that Zayn winning is the most likely outcome.
Look for Cesaro and Nakamura to get involved in the match as they outnumber Gulak and help Zayn retain the belt.
Last Man Standing Match
- Edge (-500)
- Randy Orton (+300)
Of all the matches listed for this weekend’s WrestleMania event, this is the one that I’m the most intrigued in and that’s because of how great of a job the WWE has done with the buildup. I only wish it wasn’t in an empty arena since these two would get a massive response from the crowd.
Edge is a large betting favorite and he should be. This is his big moment for a monumental win that could put him in line for more big money feuds. I think there’s a great chance they visit Edge vs AJ Styles in the near future once this rivalry with Orton ends.
The WWE could get more mileage out of the Edge and Orton feud if they decide to have some kind of screwy finish. With that said, I believe that this storyline has accomplished its goal.
Orton has been reestablished as an evil threat, Edge got another WrestleMania moment, and both wrestlers have been elevated on the roster. Edge picks up the win in what should be a great match.
Raw Women’s Championship Match
- (c)Becky Lynch (+140)
- Shayna Baszler (-180)
Here’s another example of great booking by the WWE as they’ve done a solid job building up this match. Lynch has been the “lynchpin” for RAW’s women’s roster and one of the most popular stars in the company ever since she won both titles last year at WM 35.
This year, I think it’s important for Lynch to put over Baszler at WM 36 to create another legitimate star for RAW and the WWE. Lynch winning would actually do more damage than good. However, a Baszler win even by cheating would still be very impactful.
— WWE (@WWE) April 3, 2020
There’s also an outside chance that Ronda Rousey shows up at WrestleMania this weekend and makes her presence felt in this match. Her rivalry with Lynch isn’t over yet.
Lynch is worthy of a flier because the WWE could easily decide to keep the belt on her. However, I’m going with the consensus here and taking Baszler to win the RAW women’s title.
NXT Women’s Championship Match
- (c)Rhea Ripley (-175)
- Charlotte Flair (+135)
This match should be every bit as entertaining as the Lynch vs Baszler match. Additionally, it could also serve as a launching pad for Ripley who’s already the top female star on NXT. Yet, a big WM 36 win over Flair could catapult Ripley to another level and force the WWE to make her a star on RAW or SmackDown.
As for Flair, she’s the measuring stick in the WWE and a consummate professional. She’s never shied away from putting others over and I see her continuing that trend this weekend.
It doesn’t make sense for Flair to win this belt and then go to NXT as she’s too big of a star to leave the main shows for NXT. If anything, this match will be all about Ripley’s performance and how it could put her in line with Otis as the breakout stars of 2020 for all of WWE.
For this bet, I’m taking Ripley to win in a thrilling match as Flair brings her “A-game” and elevates Ripley to another level.
- The Undertaker (-400)
- AJ Styles (+250)
Typically, when The Undertaker is in a match at WrestleMania, he’s going to win it. The legend has become synonymous with WWE’s biggest event each year. This weekend, he will face AJ Styles in a boneyard match, which is perfect for The Undertaker.
Styles will do what he can to make this “match” believable, but he’s a large underdog for a reason. Simply put, The Undertaker barely ever loses.
"I'm sorry I didn't get to compete this year and put on a show and entertain, but sometimes things are more important and I had to make a choice for me and my family."
Roman Reigns addressed the reports on him withdrawing from WrestleMania 36
— B/R Wrestling (@BRWrestling) March 31, 2020
What good would an Undertaker win serve Styles or anyone else? Styles should be the one being positioned as a top star on RAW, but that won’t happen if he loses this match.
With that said, I certainly don’t have the courage to bet against The Undertaker at WrestleMania. I didn’t when he lost to Brock Lesnar and I can’t do it now. There’s no value with “the dead man,” but Styles isn’t worth a flier at WM 36. I’m surprised his odds aren’t higher.
Universal Championship Match
- (c)Goldberg (NA)
- Roman Reigns (NA)
Here’s another match that won’t actually take place as originally booked. Roman Reigns will not be participating at WM 36 and will be replaced by Braun Strowman according to most reports. However, that won’t be revealed until SmackDown on this Friday night.
As of now, there are no odds for Strowman vs Goldberg. And, it’s hard to believe that the WWE would put the belt on Strowman after he’s been floundering as a mid-card talent.
If anything, they will need to keep the belt on Goldberg for his eventual showdown with Roman Reigns in the future. Maybe even at SummerSlam this year.
If odds are released once Strowman has been revealed as the new challenger, I would still stay away from betting on this match. It’s too unpredictable and the WWE could really use this as a chance to create a surprising buzz to draw fans in following WM.
Firefly Fun House Match
- John Cena (+300)
- “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt (-500)
I’m also interested in seeing how the WWE films this match. It’s supposed to take place in the Firefly Fun House, which will give it a completely different feel and vibe. However, unlike the empty arena matches, this one could be more enjoyable to fans at home.
Typically, in all of the Firefly Fun House segments, there are sound effects including laughter. If the WWE continues that trend for this match then it would make things seem more engaging. Additionally, they could use other props and visual effects to really make this a unique encounter.
Although the action wont’ be as good as other matches on the card, the Firefly Fun House contest between The Fiend and Cena should be the most entertaining due to the increased possibilities of using special effects.
As for the winner, it has to be The Fiend as there’s no reason to have Cena win especially since he’s all about Hollywood now. The Fiend standing tall over Cena would put him back into the top tier of the WWE. I would love if he could somehow beat Goldberg this weekend as well.
WWE Championship Match
- (c)Brock Lesnar (+225)
- Drew McIntyre (-350)
This should be a physical contest as two bulls collide for the WWE championship. Despite the odds being in McIntyre’s favor, the WWE could easily decide to keep the belt on Lesnar a little longer.
It wouldn’t be the first time that Vince McMahon swerved fans with Lesnar at WrestleMania. Remember, he ended The Undertaker’s undefeated streak and shocked the entire WWE Universe. He also beat Roman Reigns at WM 34 when most people thought Reigns would win.
Bottom line, Brock Lesnar is definitely worthy of a flier.
With that said, if the WWE is to truly stay the course during these next few months then it has to be with McIntyre as the champ. He’s earned this opportunity and it would be a shame if the WWE decided to delay it due to outside circumstances.
— WWE (@WWE) April 2, 2020
When it comes to betting on this match, the safe bet is on McIntyre. Just don’t be too shocked if Lesnar somehow comes away with the title.
WrestleMania 36 Prop Bets
Which Match Will Be the Main Event of WrestleMania 36?
- Brock Lesnar vs Drew McIntyre (-150)
- Becky Lynch vs Shayna Baszler (+275)
- Edge vs Randy Orton (+275)
- WWE Universal Championship (+350)
- Any match featuring The Undertaker (+550)
- Bray Wyatt vs John Cena (+550)
- NXT Women Championship (+1200)
- Any unlisted match (+1200)
Last year, the main event was the women’s triple threat match. The year prior, it was Lesnar vs Reigns. With no other match being bigger than Lesnar vs McIntyre on the card, you have to go with the WWE title match as the main event for WM 36.
McIntyre standing tall at the end of WrestleMania signals a new era in the WWE and it’s a moment that should close out the show. At -150 odds, the option still has value.
I would be cautious with this wager as well. Since the WWE is airing WM 36 over two days and everything was filmed in secrecy, they could show the matches in whatever order they want. In that sense, the Firefly Fun House could be an entertaining way to end WrestleMania.
Opening Match for WrestleMania 36
- NXT Women Championship (+200)
- Kevin Owens vs Seth Rollins (+300)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (+375)
- WWE Raw Women Championship (+375)
- WWE Smackdown Tag Team Championship (+550)
- Elias vs Baron Corbin (+700)
- WWE Smackdown Women Championship (+700)
- WWE Universal Championship (+700)
- Aleister Black vs Bobby Lashley (+850)
- Any match featuring The Undertaker (+1000)
- Bray Wyatt vs John Cena (+1000)
- Edge vs Randy Orton (+1000)
- WWE Championship (+1000)
This is probably the hardest bet of them all. The WWE could go in any number of directions. Typically, they open with a match that would get the crowd really into the show. With that not an issue, the WWE could choose any of the 16 scheduled matches.
The NXT women’s match is favored to open the show, but I’m going to go with either the IC title match or the SmackDown tag team title match. Both offer a great return on your wager. If I had to pick one, the go with the IC title match since we’re still not sure what the WWE is going to do in that tag title contest.